Art Gallery of Alberta

Community Exhibitions

We Are Here: Queer History Project


Exhibition | June 5–21 , 2015
Ledcor Theatre Lobby, Lower Level

“Every time a community gathers and shares its stories, every time the words are spoken out loud, history changes inexorably to make space, to allow for the new thought to exist. The ripples that move out from there are small but unstoppable….” – Darrin Hagen, Queering the Way: The Loud & Queer Anthology (2011, p. 7)

We are here: Edmonton’s Queer History Project is an assembly of stories, lived experiences, artifacts, and memorabilia, celebrating the people, places, and events that have nurtured and built our diverse queer communities. In conjunction with the 35th anniversary of the Edmonton Pride Festival, this exhibition is a reflection of stories about what it meant to be queer in Edmonton over the last half-century.

The video vignettes contained in this exhibition are a small sample of stories edited from longer life history interviews, which will be preserved for future archival research. The artifacts, memorabilia, and art works included in this exhibition have been loaned from private collections, local organizations, or donated for archival preservation. We are excited by the thousands of stories yet to be told, which will continue to build upon and enhance this important story telling archive.

*On view during regular Gallery hours only. This space is also a rental space, please contact Member and Guest Services ahead of time to find out when the space is available for viewing: 780.392.2500 or

Know your History, Show your Pride
Closing Public Reception and Curatorial Walk Through

June 21, 1pm
Ledcor Theatre Foyer, Lower Level

The Edmonton Queer History Project team would like to invite everyone to a curatorial walk through and discussion of the of the art and artifacts of Edmonton’s Queer history. Introductions and project background will take place with host Program Coordinator Michael Janz. Digital editor Julia Grochowski will lead a discussion of video archiving and the process and importance digital storytelling, followed by a walk through the gallery with the stories, process and history behind the visual images with exhibition curator Michelle Lavoie.


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